One of the nicest things about living in San Marcos is that you have many options for a staycation. Be it a weekend trip, spring break trip, or Hill Country day trips. Discovering all that the Hill Country has to offer will keep you busy for a long time.
People living in TRACE in San Marcos also have the luxury of being within an hour’s drive from San Antonio and only 40 minutes from Austin. You take day trips without staying in a hotel.
Here are some spring break trip ideas.
Climb Enchanted Rock
The first line in Josh Abbott Band’s My Texas is “If you haven’t climbed up to Enchanted rock …” Here’s your chance to see the giant pink granite dome and check that off your list. The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has almost 11 miles of hiking trails. Those interested in climbing the rock, head to park headquarters to get route maps and climbing information.
Swim in a 100-year-old Swimming Hole
Open since 1917, Barton Springs is a spring-fed pool in Austin’s 358-acre Zilker Park. The pool is 3 acres with an average temperature of 69 degrees, perfect for swimming any time of the year. Maybe you’ll get lucky and spot the Barton Springs Salamander, an engendered species that’s just 1/2- to 3-inches long.
Tour of Spring Lake
You can sign up for a glass-bottom boat tour at Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. You’ll be able to peer into the underwater world without getting wet. Other options include a paddling tour in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard. Visit the website to learn about Family Fun Days and Scout Badge Days.
Enjoy Infinite Aquatic Entertainment at Highland Lakes
Water and fishing fans could spend an entire spring break at Highland Lakes with its heaping helping of seven reservoirs formed by dams. These lakes begin about 75 miles north of Austin and offer every aquatic activity possible. Cruises, check. Fishing, check. Nature park and resort, check. Paddle boats, check. Canoes, check. RV park, check.
Marvel at Wonder World Park
Wonder World Park is a theme park known as the first show cave in Texas. For more than 100 years, visitors have toured the Balcones Fault Line Cave. Since then, the park has added attractions where you can explore underground, up high, or things going backward like water flowing uphill. Board the Mystery Train to be whisked away to a waterfall and wrap up the trip at the petting zoo.
Listen to Amazing Tunes
San Marcos has two incredible places for music lovers to enjoy some good tunes and have a grand ol’ time. There’s the laid-back Cheatham Street Warehouse that churns out country music and a blend of traditional country, rock, folk, and blues. Before becoming famous, Stevie Ray Vaughan played there every week.
The Marc in downtown San Marcos has a wide variety of music. Musicians cover everything from rap and country to electro house DJs and alternative rock bands. This could be the perfect ending for Hill Country day trips that start in the historic downtown square with its boutiques, vintage shops, handmade furniture, neighborhood cafes, and popular hang-outs.
These are just some of the spring break trip ideas that residents in TRACE in San Marcos love to do for a staycation or a day trip. When you consider Austin, San Antonio, and the rest of Hill Country, the options are many! Here are more ideas for Hill Country day trips.
Why Living in TRACE in San Marcos Is Awesome
That’s the cool thing about the TRACE in San Marcos community. We’re just the right distance from the big cities and yet we have plenty of fantastic places in our backyard! You certainly can’t beat the shopping with the major outlet malls just a few minutes’ drive from the neighborhood.
Modern, open-floorplan homes built by two award-winning San Marcos homebuilders start from the $190s in TRACE. For more information about the community, please travel around our website where you can learn more about San Marcos, see photos of homes, view floorplans, and check out the TRACE amenities. Feel free to contact us.